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Villar says banning single-use plastics may be 'impossible'

Feb 18, 2020 - 4:10 PM

The plastic industry resists banning single-use plastics even as environmental group EcoWaste points out that it's the solution to plastic pollution

REGULATION FEASIBLE. Senator Cynthia Villar, chairperson of Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, presides the Senate hearing on single-use plastics. February 18, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler


‘Magkano at hanggang kanino?’: Hontiveros reveals bribery in entry of POGO workers

Feb 17, 2020 - 3:07 PM

(UPDATED) The senator confronts immigration officials at a hearing after an informant alleges that the entry of POGO employees is facilitated for P10,000 per person

Senator Risa Hontiveros, chairperson of Senate Committee on Women, Children Family Relations and Gender Equality, presides the senate inquiry on the sexual trafficking connected to POGO operations in the country. February 17, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIVE: Senate hearing on sex trafficking in POGO industry

Feb 17, 2020 - 11:51 AM

Senator Risa Hontiveros' committee investigates sex trafficking, prostitution rings, and exploitative work of women in the Philippine offshore gaming operators industry

COMMITTEE HEARING ON WOMEN, CHILDREN: Senator Risa Hontiveros, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Women, Children, Family Relations and Gender Equality presides over a public hearing Monday, 20 January 2020 on the additional benefits and privileges of single parents, prevention of teenage pregnancy, prohibition of child marriage as well as the domestic adoption of Filipino children. Cesar Tomanbo/Senate PRIB

Senators to question VFA termination at Supreme Court

Feb 16, 2020 - 6:35 PM

No less than Senate President Vicente Sotto III is preparing the petition raising the need for Senate concurrence in ending treaties

SENATE CONCURRENCE. Led by Senate President Vicente Sotto, veteran senators are set to file a petition before the Supreme Court to raise the question of Senate concurrence before ending treaties. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Gatchalian: Better for PH to join PISA in 2024 than in 2021

Feb 13, 2020 - 10:48 PM

'Joining the [Programme for International Student Assessment] next year without cascading the reforms, I don't think we will expect good results,' says the chair of the Senate committee on basic education

SKIP PISA. Senator Sherwin Gatchalian urges DepEd to skip PISA next year. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

16 senators sign report legalizing motorcycle taxis

Feb 13, 2020 - 1:53 PM

The measure seeks to amend the Land Transportation and Traffic Code to recognize motorcycle taxis as public utility vehicles

MOTORCYCLE TAXI. Senate panels approve measure pushing for the legalization of motorcycle taxis. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Poe wants Senate to discuss ABS-CBN's compliance with franchise terms

Feb 13, 2020 - 1:12 PM

(UPDATED) But Senator Panfilo Lacson does not see the point of doing this, citing the petition against ABS-CBN already filed with the Supreme Court

PRESS FREEDOM. Members of the media staged a rally at Boy Scout Circle in Quezon City to condemn the move of Solicitor General Calida's filing of a quo warranto petition at the Supreme Court asking to void ABS CBNs broadcasting franchise. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Tolentino 'advises' AFP to ask for U.S. equipment when VFA ends

Feb 12, 2020 - 5:41 PM

'Baka naman makahingi tayo ng p'wede nating gamitin,' says Senator Francis Tolentino as 'advice' to new AFP chief Felimon Santos Jr

'Not in session hall?' 6 senators allied with Duterte withdraw vote in VFA review reso

Feb 12, 2020 - 7:42 AM

Senator Sotto asks Senator Marcos: 'Then why did you not object? Senator Dela Rosa abstained. If you were in the session hall, then you should have abstained.'

ABSTAIN. Senator Imee Marcos tells the Senate plenary she wants to change her vote on the resolution backing the review of the Visiting Forces Agreement. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate divided as Philippines sends VFA notice of termination to U.S.

Feb 11, 2020 - 7:59 PM

Pro-administration senators withdraw their votes in an already approved Senate resolution that urges the President to review the Visiting Forces Agreement before terminating it

ALLIES NO MORE? The Philippine and US flags during the opening ceremony of the yearly Balikatan joint military exercises in April 2016. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Money laundering threat: Villanueva recommends suspending POGOs

Feb 11, 2020 - 3:45 PM

Conflicting employment figures, unpaid taxes, and rising crimes lead Senate labor committee chair Joel Villanueva to recommend suspending online gambling in the Philippines

Senate urges Duterte to reconsider plan to scrap VFA

Feb 10, 2020 - 11:34 PM

Senators say they should first review the ramifications of withdrawing from the agreement that allows for the presence of US military troops in the Philippines

TREATY ALLIES. The Philippine and US flags during the opening ceremony of the yearly Balikatan joint military exercises in April 2016. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Locsin: Risky for PH to terminate visiting forces agreement with U.S.

Feb 06, 2020 - 3:04 PM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says the 'continuance of the agreement is deemed to be more beneficial' to the country

DFA CHIEF. Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. during the Senate hearing on the termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement between the Philippines and the United States on February 6, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIVE: Senate hearing on PH-U.S. Visiting Forces Agreement

Feb 06, 2020 - 7:49 AM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler

Senate hearing bares gaps in PH contact tracing for novel coronavirus

Feb 04, 2020 - 4:02 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says contact tracing is important, but not easy to do

HEALTH CHIEF. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III attends the Senate hearing on the Philippines' preparedness on the 2019 novel coronavirus on February 4, 2020.

LIVE: Senate hearing on novel coronavirus

Feb 04, 2020 - 11:10 AM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler

Senators urge PH-China travel ban to stop spread of coronavirus

Jan 30, 2020 - 7:03 PM

'There is no hint of racism or xenophobia in this policy. It is… an acceptance of the fact that our defenses and capacity to respond to a health emergency is not that strong,' says Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto

TRAVEL BAN. Chinese nationals arriving from Guangzhou, China are seen wearing face mask at the arrival area of Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 in Pasay City. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

LIVE: Senate hearing on proposed Taal Commission

Jan 30, 2020 - 11:20 AM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler on Thursday, January 30

DAMAGED. Large fissures cause major damages to roads, houses, and establishments in Barangay San Teodoro in Agoncillo, Batangas on January 14, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Senate panel to review VFA, other Philippine defense pacts

Jan 29, 2020 - 4:44 PM

'Number 1, ano ang benefits na nakuha ng Pilipinas dito? What is the national interest at stake in these agreements?' says Senator Aquilino Pimentel III on some questions to be taken up at the planned hearing

PH-US WAR GAMES. This file photo shows US soldiers and their Filipino counterparts joining forces in an Amphibious Landing operation as part of the 2015 Balikatan Exercises. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Negros killings: Senate panels recommend probe of cops, army, vigilante group

Jan 28, 2020 - 7:30 AM

‘No one was spared — men, women, and children suffered at the hands of lawless armed men,’ says the report

STOP THE KILLINGS. A human chain and candlelight protest is staged by rights groups in Quezon City to condemn the violence in Negros province. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Pimentel wants Angkas CEO Angeline Tham declared 'persona non grata'

Jan 22, 2020 - 11:33 PM

(UPDATED) 'Her acts of deriding our sovereign laws is high-handed, arrogant, and irresponsible, which should not be countenanced but be condemned to the fullest,' says Senator Koko Pimentel of Angkas CEO Angeline Tham

ANGKAS CEO. Angeline Tham, founder and CEO of Angakas, after she joined the massive protest ride of Angkas drivers in December 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Dela Rosa confirms U.S. visa canceled

Jan 22, 2020 - 4:23 PM

(UPDATED) 'Basta mag-apply lang daw ako uli kung gusto ko, kasi the present visa was canceled,' says Senator Ronald dela Rosa, the architect of the Duterte administration's drug war

VISA CANCELLED. Senator Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa's visa to the United States has been cancelled. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Paghihiganti?' Senators slam TWG for ending motorcycle taxi pilot run

Jan 20, 2020 - 7:56 PM

The Senate committee on public services finds no compelling reason why the TWG had to terminate the motorcycle taxi pilot run

RETALIATION? Senators grill motorcycle taxi technical working group head Antonio Gardiola Jr regarding the termination of the pilot run. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Poe to motorcycle taxi TWG: Expect more lawsuits

Jan 20, 2020 - 3:35 PM

Poe also says the Senate will continue hearings to expedite the passage of the law that will legalize motorcycle taxis

EXPECT MORE LAWSUITS. Senator Grace Poe presides during the Senate hearing on the regulation of the use of motorcycle as public utility vehicle on January 20, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIVE: Senate hearing on motorcycle taxis

Jan 20, 2020 - 10:28 AM

Bookmark this page to watch the hearing at 10 am, Monday, January 20

Experts say Sotto’s cloud seeding proposal vs ashfall needs further study

Jan 14, 2020 - 11:38 AM

Phivolcs chief Renato Solidum says among the things to be considered are the volume of rain to be produced, where the rain would fall, and the threat of lahar

COVERED IN ASH. A general view of houses with roofs covered in ash, spewed by Taal volcano in Tagaytay City on January 14, 2020. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Senators say war on drugs not a failure but a ‘constant battle’

Jan 06, 2020 - 5:22 PM

'War versus drugs fails only when you stop fighting. It's a constant battle vs drug dealers, drug dependents, corrupt officials, and cerebrally-challenged critics,' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III

'FAILURE.' Vice President Leni Robredo publicizes her drug war report on January 6, 2020, after she was fired as ICAD co-chair in November 2019. OVP file photo

De Lima wants Senate probe into China-funded surveillance project

Jan 05, 2020 - 1:49 PM

Senator Leila de Lima says the Safe Philippines project is an opportunity for China to spy on Filipinos

WARNING VS CHINA. Senator Leila de Lima wants lawmakers to investigate the Safe Philippines project backed by China. File photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Lawmakers laud Ampatuan conviction: Long time coming

Dec 19, 2019 - 3:50 PM

Members of the Senate and the House of Representatives welcome the conviction of the principal accused in the worst case of election-related violence in the Philippines

Militant groups protest for justice during the Ampatuan promulgation outside Camp Bagong Diwa on December 19, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal

[EDITORIAL] Whatever happens to the Constitution, you and I share the blame

Dec 16, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Did the opposition oppose responsibly? Did the watchdogs watch intelligently? Did the voters care enough?

Lacson urges Duterte to veto questionable P16B in bicam-approved 2020 budget

Dec 12, 2019 - 7:49 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson hopes the President would once again veto questionable items in the proposed 2020 budget, just as he did with this year's fiscal plan

ANTI-PORK. Senator Panfilo Lacson raises questionable projects in the proposed 2020 budget. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Congress passes P4.1-trillion national budget for 2020

Dec 11, 2019 - 4:10 PM

But Senator Panfilo Lacson accuses the House of allegedly inserting P16.345 billion worth of projects in the 2020 budget

Plenary Hall-The of House of Representatives approved the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) on Wednesday, May 30, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Bicam approves P4.1-trillion 2020 national budget

Dec 11, 2019 - 11:55 AM

The Senate and the House of Representatives are expected to ratify the bicam report on the 2020 budget on Wednesday, December 11, during their respective sessions

BICAM. The Senate contingent, led by Senator Sonny Angara as the Senate finance chairman, signs the panel report on the bicam-approved P4.1-trillion 2020 budget. Photo from Office of Sherwin Gatchalian

Heartless! Cynthia Villar slammed for comment on galunggong prices

Dec 11, 2019 - 10:48 AM

The Philippines' richest senator comes under fire after wondering aloud why Filipinos still love the expensive galunggong

Dela Rosa says rebels only using peace talks to recruit fighters

Dec 10, 2019 - 7:53 PM

'Kapoy na. Pagod na tao 'dyan,' says the police general-turned-senator

NO TO PEACETALKS. Senator Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa says there shouldn't be any peace talks with communist guerillas anymore. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate panels push for salary hike for gov't workers

Dec 10, 2019 - 6:42 PM

Under Senate Bill 1219, the highest increases ranging from 20% to 30% will be given to government employees, usually teachers, under Salary Grade 10 to 15

NEW SALARY HIKE. Government workers would receive a new round of salary hike in 2020, if the proposed measure is passed into law. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Villar on higher galunggong prices: 'Why eat it if too expensive?'

Dec 10, 2019 - 4:40 PM

'Bakit ba patay na patay tayo? Mahal na ang galunggong. [Eh di] 'wag kumain ng galunggong,' says Senator Cynthia Villar, as the price of the fish shoots up

Senator Cynthia Villar answers questions from the senate media during Christmas lunch of the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HnP) ngd Nationalista Party (NP) senators. December 10, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Hontiveros asks for cybersecurity audit of 'China-controlled' NGCP

Dec 09, 2019 - 6:48 PM

Senator Risa Hontiveros says: 'Ang chairman Chinese, halos lahat ng contractors Chinese, ang systems software made in China, at ang training sa China. Pero dapat magtiwala at maniwala tayo na ito ay 'Filipino-run'?'

INVESTIGATE. Senator Risa Hontiveros says the concession agreement and the legislative franchise of the NGCP should be reviewed. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate approves bill granting night pay to gov't workers

Dec 09, 2019 - 4:40 PM

Senate Bill No. 643, which proposes to grant additional pay to all government employees who work beyond regular hours, is approved on final reading

IMMIGRATION OFFICERS. An Immigration Officer processes a queue of passengers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Photo by Jedwin M Llobrera/Rappler

Bicam meetings on 2020 budget to push through despite Typhoon Tisoy

Dec 03, 2019 - 10:20 AM

House appropriations committee chair Isidro Ungab and Senate finance committee chair Juan Edgardo Angara will meet to settle contentious provisions of the House and Senate versions of the 2020 general appropriations bill

CLOSED DOOR MEETING. Senate committee on finance chair Juan Edgardo Angara and House committee on appropriations chair Isidro Ungab will meet to discuss the proposed 2020 budget on December 3, 2019. Photo from Ungab's Facebook page

Bicam to ‘amicably resolve’ 2020 budget issues behind closed doors

Nov 29, 2019 - 1:30 PM

House committee on appropriations chair Isidro Ungab and Senate committee on finance chair Juan Edgardo Angara will meet one-on-one to settle the conflicting provisions in the budget bill

BUDGET TALKS. The 18th Congress' bicameral conference committee on the proposed 2020 budget convenes on November 29, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Sotto on SEA Games 2019 fiasco: PH 'too hospitable'

Nov 27, 2019 - 1:20 PM

'In the SEA/Asian games I've participated in, we were left by the host country to fend for ourselves. If possible, they even make us uncomfortable to make sure we lose to them,' says the Senate President, a former member of the national bowling team

SEA GAMES. Senate President Tito Sotto III says Philippines is "too hospitable" as a host country of the Southeast Asian Games. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate OKs bill extending validity of 2019 budget

Nov 26, 2019 - 10:11 PM

Now approved by both houses of Congress, the proposal to allow the government to continue spending from 2019’s delayed budget just needs the President’s signature

SENATE SESSION. Senators voted unanimously on November 26, 2019, to extend the validity of the 2019 national budget for another year. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Sotto asks NBI: Where is Andy Bautista?

Nov 20, 2019 - 4:10 PM

The NBI says it is aware the former Comelec chief is in the US, and that 'they are studying their next move'

WHERE IS HE? Andres Bautista, former chair of the Commission on Elections, disappeared from the public scene after being impeached by the House of Representatives amid a nasty feud with his estranged wife. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Faeldon tried to realign P1-billion BuCor budget to Mindoro prison

Nov 20, 2019 - 2:45 PM

'We heard that he (Nicanor Faeldon) was interested in running for an election post in Mindoro. Certainly, to request to realign P1 billion to Sablayan detention facilities in Mindoro becomes suspect,' says Senator Franklin Drilon

REALIGNMENT. Sacked BuCor chief Nicanor Faeldon attempts to realign P1 billion to the Sablayan penal farm in Mindoro, where he was earlier rumored to run for governor. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIVE: Senate plenary deliberations on the PSC 2020 budget

Nov 19, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Senate Minority Franklin Drilon has raised questions on the proposed budget of the agency responsible for the hosting of the 2019 SEA Games. Watch the Senate deliberations live on Rappler.

Senate recalls approval of BCDA's P15.5-billion budget

Nov 14, 2019 - 7:15 PM

The sponsor of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority budget will be made to explain how the New Clark City Sports Complex won't turn into a white elephant after the SEA Games

SPORTS BUDGET. Senator Bong Go, sponsor of the Philippine Sports Commission budget, talks to BCDA president Vince Dizon about questions on the New Clark City Sports Complex. Senate YouTube screenshot

DND to reconsider AFP deal with China-backed telco after Senate review

Nov 13, 2019 - 7:10 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says they will 'think thrice, even 4 times,' after senators raised serious security concerns over Dito Telecommunity's plan to build cell sites within military properties

SECURITY RISKS. Senator Francis Pangilinan (right) and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (left) tackled the security risks from the military's cell sites deal with a China-backed telco during a plenary hearing on the 2020 budget of the Department of National Defense on November 13, 2019. Photo from the Office of Senator Francis Pangilinan

#UPFight? Imee Marcos poses for a photo with UP-grad senators

Nov 13, 2019 - 6:19 PM

Senator Imee Marcos, whose claim as a UP alumna is in question, poses for a photo with senators who graduated from the top state university. And netizens won't let it pass.

#UPFIGHT? Senators pose for a photo to cheer the UP Fighting Maroons on November 13, 2019. Photo from Senator Richard Gordon

Angara: Enough time to pass bill extending 2019 budget validity

Nov 13, 2019 - 5:15 PM

'I don't think there's a reason to worry because we have about 7 to 8 weeks before the end of the year,' says Senator Juan Edgardo Angara, chairman of the Senate finance committee

FINANCE PANEL. Senator Sonny Angara answers questions from the Senate media during break of the 2020 budget deliberations on November 12, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler